This doesn’t bode well for Greg Hardy’s future in the sport of MMA.
The embattled defensive end says he’s putting his NFL career on hold to pursue a career in mixed martial arts. But back in 2008, while Hardy was at Ole Miss, he had his butt handed to him in a charity boxing match by a dude about seven inches shorter and 70 pounds lighter. And it was a 17-year-old high school kid, at that.
As the video clearly shows, Hardy wasn’t play fighting. He was seriously trying to knock the kid out, but there’s just no way many of those power punches he was throwing landed. In the end, Hardy ran out of steam and the kid ended up looking like the clear winner.
That was then and this is now, and Hardy has been training hard for the past several months and promoters have been showing some interest. UFC president Dana White, for one, has said he’s open to giving Hardy a shot in UFC, but he’s doubtful that he’s skilled enough at the moment to make the transition.
“I’m one of those guys too who believes that we’re all human beings and we all make mistakes,” White said Wednesday on FS1’s Speak for Yourself. “And when you make a mistake, you pay your penance, whatever it might be, and you should be allowed to make a living and move on in your life. Is he good enough to come into the UFC and fight? I highly doubt it. It takes a little bit longer than that, but he could fight at one of these small shows. We’ll see how he looks, and I don’t know.”
Hardy, 28, now an NFL free agent, once had a promising football career going, making the Pro Bowl in 2013 after a career-best 15 sacks that season. But he was suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident with his girlfriend in 2014.
The latest incident involving Hardy had the former NFL star arrested on possession of cocaine charges last month.